Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen - Everybody Tells Her That

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen – Everybody Tells Her That

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen – Everybody Tells Her That

 

 

 

 

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen - Everybody Tells Her That

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen – Everybody Tells Her That

 

 

 

Artist Name: Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen

 

Song Title: Everybody Tells Her That

 

Genre: Rockabilly

 

Release Date: 7/23/2018

 

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Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen – Everybody Tells Her That

 

Modern sounds in rockabilly music: Based out of Philadelphia, PA, Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen is the latest musical project from collage artist and musician Joe Castro (ex -The Situation). Heavily influenced by the sound of rockabilly as well as ’50s rock-n-roll and doo-wop, the band takes that vintage rock and roll sound but updates it with a modern lyrical approach and a healthy dose of post-modern guitar effects. Consider it a house that resides at the cross roads where Sun Records and Creation Records meet. The Gravamen were formed after doghouse bassist H00V3r reached out to Castro about forming a new band. H00V3r enlisted Dallas, his band mate in Philadelphia punk rock legends Thorazine, to play drums and later found hot-shot lead guitarist Michael Stingle floating around Mount Airy. The full band held its first practice together in January 2018 and shortly after recorded their debut EP, “Wake Up, You’re Rockin’!” that May with Grammy nominate producer Jim Salamone at Cambridge Sound Studios in South Philadelphia. The 4 song EP was released in July of 2018, followed by a limited edition vinyl 7″ in October 2018. According to Joe Castro – “We define ourselves primarily as a rockabilly band because the term rock and roll these days has become so broad that it’s completely meaningless. But I consider us to be a rock-n-roll band in the truest sense of the word, in the tradition of the pioneers of the genre like Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Bo Diddley and Johnny Burnette. My Dad grew up in Brooklyn in the’ 50s, and would tell me stories about going to the Alan Freed shows at the Paramount and seeing Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly. As a kid, those guys were legends to me. Couple that with being taken to the drive-in to see films like American Hot Wax, American Graffiti and Grease – that beat was in my ears from a very early age. It’s in my blood. I’ve always loved it.” Influences include Sun Records, Stray Cats, The Cramps, Buddy Holly and Richie Valens, combined with elements of punk and shoegaze with a lyrical influence of Morrissey, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Bob Dylan.

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Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.

Like in all other aspects of everyone’s life, social media is a blessing and a curse for musicians. It’s easy to get your music out there to people but, at the same time, you have to keep creating content for a machine that has no attention span. And so the hamster wheel keeps on turning. It’s just another part of the game at this point.

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Go into detail on why you decided to choose music as a career.

I have been making music and creating visual art since I was a little kid so I don’t really look at it as a career, or even a lifestyle. It’s just what I do. It’s what I’m passionate about. I love it.

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Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans on your music.

The feedback so far has been incredibly positive. Our music is heavily influenced by the pioneers of rock-n-roll, the sound of rockabilly and the soul of doo-wop – what I would consider the foundation of modern rock. So it’s easily accessible to everyone – the punk rock guys can relate, the heavy metal fans can relate, the blues and folk fans can relate. Everybody loves rock-n-roll.

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Tell us how you record your song.

The song (along with the rest of our debut EP) was recorded at Cambridge Sound Studios in South Philadelphia over the weekend of May 4 – 6, 2018. It was engineered by Grammy-nominated producer Jim Salamone and Todd Mecaughey. The tracks were mixed at Cambridge June 11th and 13th by Jim Salamone and the band.

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Tell us the story behind the song.

The song is about overcoming tragedy in your life, which is often easier said than done. Life is tough and it’s hard to grow – not every seed will push itself though the cold grown. Here are the lyrics: Everybody Tells Her That (music/lyrics by Joe Castro / ©2013 mightyjoetunes) packing tape can’t suffocate his voice from memories nor chase his ghost away from this room she never leaves but it’s not a home – it’s part museum and part shrine a roadblock is all he’s left behind and everybody tells her that, she’s gotta move on sun faded photographs from golden summer days boxes of letters from a devoted fiance recall a time when nothing could bring her to her knees and grief was only make believe and everybody tells her that, she’s gotta move on but in her prime she used to dance along the cracks of broken dreams so dangerous yet ever so serene objects of veneration honor all regrets from one night in Riverside, she swears she caused the wreck and like twin paper lanterns abandoned to the rain her eyes just never shine the same and everybody tells her that, she’s gotta move on…

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Tell us how long it takes to complete a song from the start.

On the average, I would say two to three months, sometimes longer. Honestly, the chords and the melody usually come fairly easy, something that just pops up while playing around on the guitar. In the beginning stages the lyrics are just throw away. It’s like getting to know a person – at first the conversation is superficial, it’s about the weather and other generalizations or formalities. After you spend some time with it and get to know each other – then you can really find out what it’s all about. It just takes time. At least for me.

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Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.

There’s no real secret – it’s just a matter of work. Creation comes from work, not inspiration.

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State your favourite genres of music with reasons.

I don’t believe in genres – I believe in musicians, bands and artists. And most musicians and artist will move between many genres and styles.

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Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.

They like to dance and we’ve got the beat.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, Gravamen is “the part of an accusation that weighs most heavily against the accused; the substantial part of a charge or complaint.” I’ll just leave it at that.

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Discuss your rehearsal.

We take it very seriously so everyone shows up to work. We’ve all got busy lives and are juggling various family situations so when it comes to rehearsal time, we’re very focused. The fact that we all want to be there and look forward to it every week makes it easy.

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State your favourite musical instruments.

I like all music instruments and they all serve a purpose. One crayon is not better than another crayon so why limit yourself.

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Discuss your personality in full details.

Reclusive

Pragmatic dreamer.

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Discuss your music career.

I’ve been playing in bands for over 25 years. I started out in the early 1990’s primarily as a guitar player in a Delaware-based alternative rock band called Nero (formerly Obese Pharaohs of Funk). We released three 7″ singles and a full length album on various local labels. After that, I played guitar in another Delaware band called Swingline. After moving to Philadelphia in 2000, I spent six years as the guitar player in The Situation. Formed in 2001 with singer-songwriter Christopher Tucker, The Situation signed with Elephant Stone records in 2004, releasing The Reece Nasty EP, followed by our self-titled full length in 2006, both garnered critical praise from Pitchfork, The Big Takeover,Skyscraper, Magnet and the Philadelphia Weekly, who labeled the band’s music as “absolute fucking pop genius”. We toured the states, and opened for bands such as The Strokes, The Libertines, Nada Surf, BJM, The Make-Up and Arthur Lee & Love. Our music was featured on shows for both MTV and Fuel TV. The group disbanded in 2006. Christopher Tucker passed away in 2008. After a short break to focus on my art career and family, I formed The Lift Up with John Paul Travis and Larry Zappaterrini (both from The Situation). We recorded a full length album in 2013 entitled ‘Without Dreams We Are Only Sleeping.’ The group disbanded after bassist Zappaterrini got a job working for Disney (when the mouse calls, it’s hard to say no). Following a few false starts with some other music projects, H00V3R, our doghouse bass player, reached out to me and suggested we play together. The chemistry was there right away so he brought in his friend Dallas (Dallas and H00V3R are also the rhythm section in Philly punk band Thorazine) and later found our guitarist Michael Stingle on Craigslist. Honestly, it all fell together fairly easy, which I took as a sign. The full band’s first rehearsal was in January of 2018; we recorded our EP five months later and then released it that summer. We’re working on more songs now for our full length, hopefully to come in 2019. In the meantime, we’re trying to play as many shows in front of as many people as we can.

Brooke Asher - Carefree (Bitch)

Brooke Asher – Carefree (Bitch)

Brooke Asher – Carefree (Bitch)

 

 

 

 

Brooke Asher - Carefree (Bitch)

Brooke Asher – Carefree (Bitch)

 

Brooke Asher – Carefree (Bitch)

 

Brooke Asher has been singing since she was seven years old. She has experience in playing guitar, piano, and drums. Brooke writes her own music and lyrics. She typically writes pop rock music and her lyrics are about modern day issues such as bad relationships, distant friendships, and complicated experiences. Brooke’s a new artist to listen to if you’re looking for someone who talks about relatable feelings and situations.

 

 

 

Artist Name: Brooke Asher

 

Song Title: Carefree (Bitch)

 

Genre: Pop Rock

 

Release Date: 07/17/18

 

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Tell us your real names, country of birth and childhood experience.

Brooke Asher. Born in United States of America.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

I went to public school up until I was sixteen. I was homeschooled (my junior year of high school) to have more time to work on music. I graduated a year early via CHSPE.

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Elaborate on your music career, band name, experience and skills.

I’ve taken voice lessons since I was seven or eight. I’ve played guitar for three years now, piano for one, and drums for one as well. I’ve been writing songs ever since I can remember. The past two years, I’ve had some education in learning how to use Logic Pro X which has helped me expand my songs as a musician. Before I would only play one instrument per song because I didn’t have the skills or equipment to record multiple tracks for a song. Now that I have some education in using a DAW, I have made better, more elaborate songs out of it. I have released two songs so far and have performed at various places by myself and with my various backup bands.

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Tell us your genre and idea behind your music video/song.

This genre is Pop Rock. I wrote the lyrics about my feelings towards one of my friends at the time. I originally just wrote it as an acoustic song, but once I got comfortable with how to use Logic Pro X, I expanded the song and added bass, drums, electric guitar, and back-up vocals.

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Tell us how to run a record label based on your experience as an artist.

Not quite sure yet. Main objective would be to pick real artists with talent to record and perform. I would only pick the people that I actually believe in, not based off how much money they would make me, but based off of how much they love music and their ability to make great music.

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List your various works.

I’ve only releases two songs so far. “My Favorite” back in 2015 and “Carefree (Bitch)” in 2018. I have many songs in progress though!

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

I promote my music through various social media accounts such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. My Facebook is strictly all things music while my other accounts are not. I try to perform as much as I can which helps get my name out there more. I usually have performed by myself, but I’ve also played with my own various backup bands before.

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Explain the story behind the song.

I wrote this song after feeling like my good friend was going behind my back and saying bad comments. I felt like my friend was not supporting me and my music. These lyrics are about calling her out on all the things I thought she’d done to me. I knew she could be nice to people upfront but act differently when they weren’t around so I was not only writing about how she acted towards me, but how I’d witness her act towards others.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

Not pursuing any other activities. Music is my one and only!

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Elaborate on the song.

This song expresses a common issue between friends today, especially with girls. Nowadays, a lot of people put on a fake persona towards you, while in reality they hate your guts! I wrote this song through personal experience when I thought my friend was not acting like a good friend at all, and I think many people would relate. Girls will usually have a competition between each other without even fully realizing it and these lyrics are based off a rivalry I didn’t even know I was having. I was angry that my friend wasn’t supportive at all, but jealous. So this is about letting her know my feelings towards her at that time.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music business, your experience and your future goal.

I’d say I was technically in the music business since I was fifteen because that’s when I released my first song – “My Favorite.” Although, I have been singing and performing since I was around seven years old. Once I started middle school, I would play at this place called Kulacks in Hollywood a lot. Then when I was fifteen I played at the Thousand Oaks Art Festival. After that year, I got really into rock music. When I was sixteen, I formed my first ever backup band where we played at the Thousand Oaks Festival. That was the first time I ever played with a band before and I loved it! After that, I played with different backup bands at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills three times so far. Recently, I opened up for Lisa Loeb by myself. My goal is to release an album that sells and streams well so I can tour a bunch of places with a permanent backup band.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

I talk about real shit. I’m not afraid to write about my experiences and my feelings. I like to write lyrics about things such as chivalry being dead. I point out how people have changed so much over the years and I believe have gotten dumber. So many people are obsessed over social media, new trends, and frankly, really stupid things. I like writing about how I regard people these days. And also, love and pain. Isn’t that what everyone writes about? Yes it is, but it seems that I always have something new to say involving those topics. While everyone talks about the future, I guess I prefer writing about the past. How things used to be better, simpler. It was easier to know who was on your side in the old days; at least that’s what I think. I write lyrics about how people don’t talk anymore, and how that makes me feel. Also, I like to consider myself a rockstar… Everybody is into pop and rap, so I’m different that way as well. I also try to do everything myself. One of my goals is to learn how to play all the main instruments and produce/ engineer my own songs.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

1) Perfect- Simple Plan

 

2) Pieces- Sum 41

 

3) Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen

 

4) The End/Dead- My Chemical Romance

 

5) Stone Cold- Demi Lovato